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D012 Tournesol
The Sunflower - A single, beautiful sunflower. Brilliant as the sun, wondrous as creation.
—Bazaar Description

The Tournesol (トウルヌソル, Tourunusoru?) is a weapon in Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, in both games being one of the most powerful weapons obtainable.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

The Tournesol is the strongest greatsword available in Final Fantasy XII, license found at the bottom right corner of the License Board. Tournesol can only be obtained from the Bazaar, under the name of "The Sunflower". It is a golden-colored sword with runes carved on the blade, and a sun on one side of the hilt, and moon on the other.

While it appears that the sword needs only three respective pieces of loot to synthesize, those items must also be synthesized first, and the total eight pieces of loot required can be hard to obtain in numbers.

The Tournesol costs 225 LP; and 600,000 gil. It has an Attack power of 140, topped only by the Zodiac Spear. While lacking a few points in attack power, the Tournesol exceeds the Zodiac Spear in terms of multi-hit and Evasion rate, but spears are faster weapons in terms of attack speed than greatswords.

Two fake Tournesols, referencing the Excalibur and the Excalipoor[1], are used by Gilgamesh. These swords have an additional blade going straight, between the curvy blade, and they have a sun with a face (Excalibur) and a moon (Excalipoor) on the hilt.

RequirementsEdit

The Tournesol requires several rare pieces of loot to be synthesized first, before the weapon itself can be synthesized. The player should be careful at the Bazaar and not sell the items as soon as obtaining them, but keeping them and then selling the items together after having the right amount.

Gemsteel (x3) Empyreal Soul (x3) Serpentarius (x3)
  • Award from Montblanc after acquiring 8 Espers. Available after reaching Archades.
  • 90% monograph drop from Lv.99 Red Chocobo. Hunter's Monograph required. Available after the events at Giruvegan.
  • Bazaar: Sell Scarletite x1, Damascus Steel x2, Hell-Gate's Flame x2, then purchase for 29,997 gil. Available after the events at Henne Mines. It appears in the Bazaar as Matchless Metal.
Note: the ingredients below are for 1 Gemsteel only. (The process must be repeated for multiple Gemsteels.)
1. Scarletite (x1)Edit
  1. Steal from the Rare Game trophy monster Aspidochelon (Cerobi Steppe/Feddik River): This monster has a 40% chance of spawning when entering the area. The player should steal from it (preferably with Thief's Cuffs), and then exit the area. It is best not to kill the monster before having all the Scarletites needed, because trophy monsters never respawn once killed. Available after the events at Draklor Laboratory.
  2. Emeralditan (Nabreus Deadlands/Echoes Of The Past,The Slumbermead): A 6% monograph drop, as well as a 5% poach. Hunter's Monograph is required. Available after the events at Tomb of Raithwall.
  3. Reward for perfect score in the Den of the River Lord fishing area. 50% chance of receiving it each time. Available after the events at Draklor, and finishing the Gilgamesh hunt.
  4. Pandaemonium (Pharos First Ascent/Dunes Of Profaning Wind): A 3/6% steal rate from this boss. It is not possible to steal Scarletite from the incarnation in the Shadowseer hunt. Available after the events at Giruvegan.
2. Damascus Steel (x2)Edit
  1. Steal from Anchag (Paramina Rift/Karydine Glacier after killing all the monsters in the area): Available after the events at Henne Mines. Anchag can be respawned endlessly by exiting Paramina Rift.
  2. Steal from the trophy monster Bluesang (Cerobi Steppe/Crossfield): Bluesang spawns at a 40% rate in between two pillars in the western section of this area. It is best not to kill the monster before having all the Damascus Steel needed, because trophy monsters never respawn once killed. Available after the events at Draklor Laboratory.
  3. Bune (Pharos at Ridorana/Second Ascent) (Pharos at Ridorana/Subterra-B1F): A 6% monograph drop as well as a 5% poach. Knight's Monograph is required. Available after the events at Giruvegan.
3. Hell-Gate's Flame (x2)Edit
  1. Cerberus (The Feywood/Walk Of Stolen Truths): 40% chance to replace each Tartarus. A 5% monograph drop, a Hunter's Monograph is required. Also available by poaching. Available after the events at Henne Mines.
  2. Poach from Wary Wolf (Mosphoran Highwaste/Summit Path). The chance is only 5%. Available after the events of Tomb of Raithwall.
  • Reward from Montblanc for reaching High Guardian clan rank (28 marks, 300,000 clan points). Available after the events at Draklor Laboratory.
  • 6% steal with Thief's Cuffs from Lv.99 Red Chocobo. Hunter's Monograph is required. Available after the events at Giruvegan.
  • Bazaar: Sell Wargod's Band x2, Soul Powder x1, High Arcana x1, then purchase for 29,997 gil. Available after the events at Henne Mines. It appears in the Bazaar as Jewel of Creation.
Note: the ingredients below are for 1 Empyreal Soul only. The process will need to be repeated for multiple Empyreal Souls.
1. Wargod's Band (x2)Edit
  1. Leynir (Nabreus Deadlands/Lifeless Strand): A 5% monograph drop with a Warmage's Monograph. Available after the events at Tomb of Raithwall.
  2. Victanir (Nam-Yensa Sandsea/Yellow Sands): A 3/6% steal rate from this trophy Rare Game. It spawns typically around the entrance to the Zertinan Caverns. Available after the events at Draklor Laboratory.
2. Soul Powder (x1)Edit
  1. Reward for completing The Dead Ought Sleep Forever hunt (Ixtab, Bill #12, Rank II). Available after the events at Henne Mines.
  2. Etém (Henne Mines/Special Charter Shaft): A 10% monograph drop with a Warmage Monograph, as well as a 6% steal with Thief's Cuffs. Available after the events at Giruvegan.
  3. Vorres (Necrohol of Nabudis/Hall of Ivory Covenant): Steal Soul Powder from this rare game trophy monster. Available after the events at Draklor Laboratory.
3. High Arcana (x1)Edit
  1. Reward from Montblanc for acquiring four Espers. Available after the events at Tomb of Raithwall. Reward from Montblanc for reaching Paragon Of Justice clan rank (24 marks, 250,000 clan points). Available after the events at Mt. Bur-Omisace.
  2. All respawnable Rare Game monsters can drop High Arcana (5% drop) with the help of Canopic Jar. Available upon reaching Mt. Bur-Omisace.
  3. Most Espers have a 6% steal chance with Thief's Cuffs. The easiest way to farm from Espers is from Adrammelech in the Zertinan Caverns/Athroza Quicksands.
  4. Bazaar: Sell Arcana x10, Feystone x1, Soul Of Thamasa x1. Once completing the recipe, purchase the High Arcana for 9,999 gil.
  • Reward from Montblanc for acquiring 13 Espers. Available after the events at Pharos at Ridorana.
  • An 80% steal with Thief's Cuffs from Zodiark. Available after the events at Giruvegan.
  • Bazaar: Sell Snake Skin x4, Serpent Eye x2, High Arcana x1, then purchase for 19,998 gil. This is the earliest point to acquire Serpentarius. Available after reaching the Phon Coast. It appears in the Bazaar as Jewel of the Serpent.
Note: the ingredients below are for 1 Serpentarius only. The process will need to be repeated for multiple Serpentarius.
1. Snake Skin (x4)Edit
  1. Drop by Wildsnake (Giza Plains/Toam Hills, dry season): It is a 80% steal with Thief's Cuffs, as well as both its common (40/45/50/55%) and rare (3/6/8/12%) drop. (Only one will ever spawn at a time, so it's time-consuming to Chain them, though it is relatively easy to build up a reverse chain in this area.) Available after defeating Rogue Tomato.
2. Serpent Eye (x2)Edit
  1. Reward for completing A Tingling Toast (Marilith, Bill #9, Rank V). Available after the events on Dreadnought Leviathan.
  2. Basilisk (The Feywood/White Magick's Embrace, Ice Field Of Clearsight, The Edge Of Reason): An 8% monograph drop with Hunter's Monograph. Available after the events at Draklor Laboratory.
  3. Grey Molter (Mosphoran Highwaste/Empyrean Way): A 5% poach from this rare game monster. Available after reaching the Phon Coast.
3. High Arcana (x1)Edit
  1. Reward from Montblanc for acquiring four Espers. Available after the events at Tomb of Raithwall. Reward from Montblanc for reaching Paragon Of Justice clan rank (24 marks, 250,000 clan points). Available after the events at Mt. Bur-Omisace.
  2. All respawnable Rare Game monsters can drop High Arcana (5% drop) with the help of Canopic Jar. Available once reaching Mt. Bur-Omisace.
  3. Most Espers have a 6% steal chance with Thief's Cuffs. The easiest way to farm from Espers is from Adrammelech in the Zertinan Caverns/Athroza Quicksands.
  4. Bazaar: Sell Arcana x10, Feystone x1, Soul Of Thamasa x1. Once completing the recipe, the player can purchase the High Arcana for 9,999 gil.

Most information taken from Ultimate Equipment FAQ on Gamefaqs.

Bazaar GlitchEdit

When items are sold at the Bazaar, the game remembers how many items have been sold at any point of the game. While the items can be sold whenever, when any item comes available at the Bazaar using a certain ingredient, the number of said items in stock drops to zero. Therefore, if there are two items that both use, say, two Bone Fragments to make, and the player has sold six Bone Fragments to the Bazaar when one of the items becomes available, the number of Bone Fragments in the Bazaar's "memory" drops to zero, meaning the player will need to farm more Bone Fragments for the second item requiring that ingredient.

This glitch also works the other way around, to the player's advantage, because if both items come available at the same time the player only needs the two Bone Fragments, that can be used for both items, so instead of needing four (two for each item), one would only need two (two is used for both items simultaneously).

This glitch can be exploited in order to obtain Tournesol with fewer High Arcanas than normally required. Since both Empyreal Soul and Serpentarius require a High Arcana, if the player sells the required items for these two at the same time, and sells only one High Arcana, both Empyreal Soul and Serpentarius appear on the Bazaar anyway.

Demonstration:

  • The player enters Bazaar and sells 2x Wargod's Bands, 1x Soul Powder, 4x Snake Skin, 2x Serpent Eye, and 1x High Arcana all at one go, makes both Empyreal Soul and Serpentarius.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Tournesol FFTA2
With its beautiful sun-flared hilt, this large sword cuts down all who stands in its way.
—Description

The Tournesol returns as a greatsword and as the most powerful weapon in the game, only matched in Attack power by the Hyakushiki-masamune, a katana. The Tournesol is crafted at the Bazaar in the Flower of the Sun series, and the loot that compose it are the High Arcana, Scarletite, and the Emperor Scale.

The Lanista Job learns the Dragonheart skill from the Tournesol.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

While in his EX Mode, Vaan wields the Tournesol for his greatsword attack. It appears in his Victory Pose if he wins while in EX Mode.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Tournesol means "sunflower" in French. The word tourne itself means "turn" as in turn around, and sol is "Sun" in Latin.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Final Fantasy XII Scenario Ultimania, p. 494

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